Especial | Melo Abreu / Fabrica de Cervejas e Refrigerantes

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Melo Abreu / Fabrica de Cervejas e Refrigerantes

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 09-18-2003

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10
Reviews by thierrynantes:
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3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.) tasted in 2012 (Açores).

Appearance : golden color with white foamy head.
Smell : light hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet malty flavors with a touch of bitterness.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style lager (brewed in Punta delgada Açores).

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied and in colour as well. The lacing is good and the clarity to. Thin on the malt but at least it is there, hops are mild but balance well. Hints of sweet pale malt and lemony hops, the hops throw a bit of spiciness into the mix in the finish. Perfect with a link of spicy chouricos in a hoogie roll, standing alone it is just an other Euro Lager making its way though my fridge. Nothing special, just good drinking.

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Photo of Flemingpt
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of David19457
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mitlinks
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on vacation while on San Miguel. It was pretty much Especial and Sagres that were the local choices. Served in a tulip. Poured a translucent golden yellow with a dense, creamy, bright white three-quarter inch head. Lots of tiny bubbles effervesced in solution. Nose was pretty much corn - your typical adjunct smell, but not as sweet. Taste consistent with nose, but a little cleaner finishing and less residual cloying quality than your typical American Adjunct; just a little residual cereal grain sweetness. Mouth feel is light-bodied, with a pleasant carbonation and a fairly clean finish. There weren't that many offerings on the Island. Every establishment pretty much had Sagres or Especial on-tap. However, given the climate, I found the beer light, pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "Especial" Lager from Ponta Degada, Portugal pours a light golden with a smallish snow-white head.
It has an initial hoppy aroma that fades rather quickly. An herbal grassy smell takes over and remains for a short while.
The light to medium bodied biscuity malt has a candy sweetness and light herbal taste.
The hops are lightly citrusy and a bit metallic.
The 5.3 % ABV is not very noticeable. This is an easy-drinking brew!

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Photo of jsouza
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- golden in color.
Smell- rather "normal," hence the average score.
Taste- was pleasantly surprised with the overall taste; had portuguese beer before and this one is quite good; don't understand the "american adjunct lager" label.
Mouthfeel- this beer was rather smooth; no real "alcohol" taste or mouthfeel; misleading 5.3
Overall- a pretty good basic portuguese beer; definitely will have again.

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Photo of endovelico
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into Pokal. Served cold.

Appearance: Pours a yellow golden brew with no head formation, light perceived effervescence, minimal head retention and no lacing. Well, atleast it's clear, i guess.

Smell: Faint aroma of sweet corn and grain. Not much else.

Taste: Taste is very bland with sweet corn and dirty water. Very unremarkable.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Low carbonation. Low Bitterness. Dirty water / sweet corn aftertaste.

Drinkability: Unremarkable and bland. There isn't much going on at any level. I try to be fair to Macro-lagers because i feel they have their place and can be of great quality. However this lager would be something i'd expect from a novice homebrewer. I will try some other Especial again just to make sure it's as bad as this one i had.

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Especial from Melo Abreu / Fabrica de Cervejas e Refrigerantes
3.15 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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